WAITTA announces new leadership

The Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Con Polkinghorne as President and Premila Jina as Vice President.

The new Executive Leaders were announced at WAITTA's 9 July 2024 meeting following a vote by the WAITTA Board.

As President and Vice President, Con and Premila will continue to amplify the not-for-profit industry representative group's mission of fostering collaboration and innovation within the IT and Telecommunications industries in the State.

WAITTA does this through connecting businesses, government and educational institutions, and strives to promote the growth and development of the industry through education, collaboration, recognition, advocacy, and sharing of knowledge and resources.

WAITTA would like to officially thank and recognise Colin Janssen for his leadership as President of WAITTA over the past 6 years, and Gloria Davis as Vice President over the same period.

"I'd like to pay recognition to both Colin and Gloria for the blood, sweat and tears they've put into WAITTA over the past six years," Con says. On behalf of the board, thank you sincerely Colin and Gloria for your contributions to Western Australia's IT and Telecommunications industries."

Con and Premila step into their respective roles effective immediately.

Meet our newest Board Directors

At WAITTA's 2024 Annual General Meeting, three new Board Directors were appointed by a vote by the organisation's members.

The new Board Directors are:

  • Nathan Cole
  • Wayne Skeggs
  • Cameron Zivkovic

Find out more about WAITTA's new President, Vice President and Board Directors below:

Con Polkinghorne President

Con has over 20+ years experience as management consultant working across Asia Pacific in a wide range of industries ranging from healthcare, mining and resources, oil and gas, government, software development and not for profit. Con works at NEC as a national leader in the company's Business and Technology Advisory team. He provides organisations with operational and digital strategic thinking aligning technology investments with the corporate strategy.

He has a Masters in Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business. He is a past member of the AIB Operations & Supply Chain Strategy Industry Panel at Australian Institute of Business.

Con was appointed to the WAITTA Board as Director in May 2022 and has undertaken the role of INCITE Awards Chair since October 2022. Con is the Chair of WAITTA's Volunteer, Recruitment, Youth and Diversity Committee.

Premila Jina Vice President

Premila's impressive track record is a testament to her proficiency in deploying data-driven strategies that amplify creative communications, elevate branding, and drive product innovation, all while optimising ROI through digital advancements. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Premila's profound commitment to community service and empowerment shines through her role as a judge for the Incite and Game Changer awards. This commitment has taken a more significant stride as she has embraced a new role on the WAITTA board.

Premila's passion for empowering women and children is evident in her active involvement in mentorship and volunteer work. She has dedicated her guidance and support to organisations like STEM Mentor, Alyceum Diverse Women Leadership Program, Make a Difference Aspire Foundation, and the ABCN program.

Premila was appointed to the WAITTA Board as Director in September 2023. Premila is the Chair of The Game Changer Awards committee.

Nathan Cole Board Director (new)
Nathan Cole is a Whadjuk man who co-founded Blak Digital in 2022 with the mission of empowering the world’s oldest living culture and businesses with cutting-edge technology and digital literacy. Nathan has Negative Vetting 1 (NV1) security clearance and extensive experience in construction, mining, government, and non-profit sectors to provide innovative solutions in asset procurement, cloud platforms, data management, and software solutions.
Wayne Skeggs Board Director (new)

With over two decades in IT and technology management, Wayne is keen to contribute to WAITTA's mission of promoting the WA ICT industry through innovation and excellence.

Wayne has over 21 years of experience in the IT sector at Chevron Oil and Gas, that has catalyzed numerous change and transformation programs, including cloud adoption, data management, international process improvement, and digital transformation.

Currently, Wayne is bringing his digital knowledge and passion for using IT to make people lives easier to St Johns Ambulance, being a change agent in an organization that delivers services to the community.

Cameron Zivkovic Board Director (new)
Cameron has over 14 years of experience in the IT industry, with over a decade of experience in leading and delivering transformational IT projects to organisations across Australia. His time has exclusively been spent in professional services where he has delivered outcomes to clients across mining, education and public sector.

In his current role, Cameron is the manager of a professional services business where his team work with collaboratively with clients across WA to deliver high quality outcomes. Cameron enjoys problem-solving and crafting solutions and approaches for clients that meet their needs and have high impact.

In 2019, Cameron was one of the winners in the ARN 30 Under 30 Tech Awards, which recognises emerging leaders that have made an impact in the tech industry.
Hall Jackson Board Director

Hall is an educator and trainer with worldwide experience in both K-12 and adult learning. He helps educational and health organisations employ technologies to enhance student learning, improve health services and outcomes. Hall enjoys helping schools and health organisations to maximise their return on IT investment by making sure that the infrastructure, management, software, devices and staff training work together to make the technology effectively disappear, so teachers can focus on teaching and health staff can focus on their patients.

Hall was appointed to the WAITTA Board as Director in July 2023.

Jess Etheridge Board Director

Jess has more than 15 years' experience in the media and communications industry, with the last five years in her adopted home of Perth-Whadjuk Country.

Originally from Aotearoa-New Zealand, Jess has led marketing and communications for some of Australasia's largest institutions. As a former journalist, Jess has reported on new and emerging technologies, and both national and local politics. In public relations, Jess has led technology and finance communications portfolios in both public and private sector organisations, delivering integrated marketing and communications strategies for large IT transformation projects, transitions and commercial deals.

Jess has been featured as a speaker/MC at industry events, and has been featured in national media for her expertise on the intersection of traditional news media and social media. Jess has a Bachelor of Communication Studies from New Zealand's AUT, and is an Accredited First Nations Ally through Evolve Communities.

As an award-winning LGBTQIA+ professional, Jess is well-known for her inclusive and equitable approach to communications. Her achievements were recognised at the 2022 Women in Technology WA Tech [+] Awards where she won the Rising Star Award in the Sales, Marketing and Business Support category.

Jess joined the WAITTA Board in March 2024 and is the Chair of WAITTA's Marketing, Digital and Communications Committee.

Gavin Bagley Board Director & Secretary

Gavin’s working career includes over 45 years in the Western Australian public sector with extensive experience in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), delivering services and outcomes across various government departments encompassing transformation of online services to the community while increasing organisational effectiveness. Gavin is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society and has a Master of Business Systems.

With over 20 years of experience in senior leadership and executive capacity including his previous Director (Chief Information Officer) roles, Gavin’s responsibilities include team leadership along with strategy development and implementation plus program, budget, risk and change management. He is a positive and inclusive leader with a strong focus on developing and supporting his team.

Continuous learning and empowering others to support positive change for the benefit of clients and stakeholders is a key motivator for Gavin.

Gavin was appointed to the WAITTA Board as Director in October 2021 and has undertaken the WAITTA Secretary role since February 2023.

Peter Malaxos Board Director & Treasurer

Peter has over 35 years’ experience leading the delivery of large complex enterprise software integration and implementation projects in asset-intensive industries including mining, oil & gas, energy & utilities and rail. His experience spans operational technology and information technology.

Peter has qualifications including Engineering (BE), an MBA and Doctor of Business Administration in Information Systems (coursework). 

Peter was appointed to the WAITTA Board in August 2023 and has undertaken the WAITTA Treasurer role since August 2023. Peter is the Chair of WAITTA's Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.